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Cancelation fees

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by dewey089, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

    Aug 4, 2001
    averill park (near albany) ny
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    It might be a good idea to collect a list of bookings that will cost us money if we decide for any reason to cancel.
    The vast majority of casino/hotels do not have a cancellation fee as long as the cancellation is 72 hours before arrival. There are a few that even allow free cancelation on the day of arrival which is fine insurance in case of emergency.

    Cancellation fees often do not apply to discount booking sites. However, in some cases the site itself will charge a fee. And generally, when booking with a discounter, the booking cannot be modified. If you book 5 nights and then decide you only want 4, you must cancel the entire booking and rebook, usually at a higher cost. This is one reason that booking directly whenever possible is good insurance.

    However, booking Super 8 on Koval directly on some of its deals there is NO CANCELLATION WHATSOEVER. This can be a huge loss if something happens to spoil plans. Oddly, when I have called, I can usually get them to match the price with an AARP or AAA rate and still get normal cancellation priviledge.

    Lately I see that Terrible's has two rates, one with free cancellation and the other with the first night charged regardless. I'd stay away from that deal. What it does for Terribles is allow them to pop up and look cheaper in a low to high list on a discounter site, the same advantage that casinos with resort fees get.

    Are there other cancelation fees out there? I thought Travelzoo charged a fee, but I don't see that now. What about other discounters.

    This might be a good time to mention the Travel Websites menu often ignored on to the left of your screen right here on the board. You can book on many of the discounter sites using those links. It adds a bit of value to the board if your booking begins with a click on one of those links. Even if you use other search engines to find the best deal, once you are ready to buy, come back and click here to get you to the place to buy the rooms.
    If you have not tried a search on hotelscombined in that menu, try one. This search engine will collect the best prices from many discounter sites so you need only enter your information once. It also noted Terribles fees for cancellation clearly in the information gathered.

    What about other cancellation fees? Any experience with them?
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